The Resource Early observations of Marquesan culture, 1595-1813, Edwin N. Ferdon

Early observations of Marquesan culture, 1595-1813, Edwin N. Ferdon

Label
Early observations of Marquesan culture, 1595-1813
Title
Early observations of Marquesan culture, 1595-1813
Statement of responsibility
Edwin N. Ferdon
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
The Marquesas Islands of the South Pacific do not lend themselves to human habitation, as they lack the coral reefs and lagoons that on other islands offer easy access to sea life and foster the formation of arable coastal plains. Yet according to archaeological estimates, this archipelago has been inhabited by Polynesian peoples since around A.D. 300. The Marquesas were not visited by Europeans until 1595 - with subsequent landfalls beginning in the late eighteenth century - and it is only from these visits that we have any inkling of what early Marquesan society must have been like. Anthropologist Edwin Ferdon has drawn on the records of these early visitors to paint a broad picture of Marquesan social organization religion, material culture, and daily life. He tells of head-to-toe tattooing of males and of house designs unique in Polynesia, of a woman's use of suicide attempts to shame an unfaithful husband, and of ritual cannibalism performed on kidnapped neighbors. He describes war as a way of life, undertaken usually for acquisition of territory - but sometimes for ceremonial purposes. He also reviews the domestication of crops and notes some potential sources of American plants found in the Marquesas. Because Euro-American intrusions began to change Marquesan culture inalterably by 1813, these early records are indispensable to an understanding of the Marquesan people. Ferdon has interwoven these varied accounts into a compelling study that will fascinate all readers interested in traditional cultures
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1913-
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Ferdon, Edwin N.
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
GN671.M3
LC item number
F47 1993
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Ethnology
  • Marquesans
  • Discoveries in geography
  • Ethnology
  • Manners and customs
  • Marquesans
  • Travel
  • Cultuurgeschiedenis
  • Ethnologie
  • Erforschung
  • Ethnologie
  • Entdeckung
  • Marquesas Islands (French Polynesia)
  • Marquesas Islands (French Polynesia)
  • Marquesas Islands (French Polynesia)
  • Marquesas Islands
  • Marquesas Islands
  • Marquesas Islands
  • French Polynesia
  • Marquesasinseln
  • Marquesasinseln
Label
Early observations of Marquesan culture, 1595-1813, Edwin N. Ferdon
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [171]-177) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xv, 184 pages
Isbn
9780816513918
Lccn
93013575
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
(OCoLC)28067163
Label
Early observations of Marquesan culture, 1595-1813, Edwin N. Ferdon
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [171]-177) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xv, 184 pages
Isbn
9780816513918
Lccn
93013575
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
(OCoLC)28067163

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